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In a 70-year career, which spanned much of the 20th century, André Kertész (1894–1985) made some of the most deceptively simple yet compelling and poetic photographs that have ever been created. This retrospective of approximately 113 photographs, including some of the most celebrated works in 20th-century photography—such as Chez Mondrian and The Satiric Dancer, both from 1926—will feature images from all periods of Kertész's exceptionally diverse oeuvre, from his early photographs of his native Budapest made in the 1910s and early 1920s, to his studies of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, and the final series of photographs he took of New York in the 1970s and 1980s, shortly before his death. The exhibition will focus on several themes Kertész explored throughout his life, including the unexpected and often bizarre juxtapositions that often occur in modern urban life. Demonstrating the intensely autobiographical nature of his work, it will also show the strategies he used throughout his life to interject his image, both literally and metaphorically, into his work.
Sponsor: The exhibition at the National Gallery of Art is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund and The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation.